Welcome back, I'll just start out by giving you a little background on the day. We brought these guys in. It was good to see some of these guys that we've followed for quite some time during the offseason, and to see them in various [elements] was really fun. We've followed their whole journey.
We've got some guys who are undrafted free agents coming in and also some tryout guys. As I told the guys last night, there's guys from each category that will have the opportunity to make this team. It's happened in the past. It can happen again.
I thought they came out and really brought it today. Our focus today was to learn how to practice, and to find out a little bit more about how they played football and the way to learning how we practice, how we meet, how we eat, how we do things in the building so that when everybody comes back next week, they'll have an idea of how we get it done. Certainly we want to be able to teach as much as we can. The coaches did that in the meetings in the morning, a little bit last night, not much. That will continue on through the day. We'll continue to watch them.
They worked very hard today for those of you that were out there. They worked very hard. We were talking about there was a day when we used to do two of those in a minicamp. The effort was outstanding today. I'll leave it open to questions.
ON HOW David Fales LOOKED
I thought it was good. I was around the huddle today. I thought he spit out the verbiage very, very well; thought he looked the part. He didn't seem out of place at all. He was very quietly confident back there working, and Matt doing a good job of just coaching him up. We went all the way through it from the meetings, obviously individual and team period. Thought he handled himself, as the other quarterbacks did, very well.
ON YOUNG DTS
It's the first day. I thought all of our guys, all of the young guys, all the guys moved around very well. It was fun to see Ego and Will inside. As we said, we've followed their journey all the way from college. But as we got to know them over the last three, four months, it's fun to see. The end result is they're here with us. It was fun to see them out there in a Bears uniform.
ON Ego Ferguson
I just think he's got to continue in the weight room. It starts there with strength and conditioning, the time he spends with Paul and the defensive staff is going to be critically important. He'll have great mentorship here with Jeremiah being around and Stephen being around and Nate being around. That will be really good for him, as well it will for Will. We've got a really fine coach in Paul Pasqualoni, a great teacher and person. I think it's all part of just trying to get better every day and not trying to get too far ahead of ourselves. I think he's a guy that has a lot of enthusiasm, has got a smile on his face. He wants to work. It was evident today. We'll take it one day at a time. But it was a good start for him.
ON HOW THE TRYOUT GUYS COULD GET AN OPPORTUNITY LATER DOWN THE ROAD
I think it's just the way the three days go. You just watch. You just keep watching them and you watch the tape and you do the best you can. It's a three-day evaluation process. Today was the first day. So you're not going to see everything with each and every player over the course you're hoping somebody catches your eye out there. Then you go to the tape and continue your evaluation. We'll see where we are at the end of it. We know it can happen.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FROM TRYOUT GUYS WHO ARE LINEMEN?
I think it's a combination of everything. It's an overall interview. How a player is in a meeting room can dramatically affect whether we're going to move forward with him because of his ability to learn and just the energy that needs to be right in a meeting room. And then it goes out on the field. We've got plenty of time to technique them and work certain drills and fundamentals and evaluate them like we would anybody, and then we've got to compare them to the guys that we have and make some determination whether or not he can progress and be developed.
HOW MANY OF WORKOUT GUYS HAVE BEEN ON YOUR RADAR?
That would be hard for me to answer. That's something that Phil has done and our personnel department. We treat them all the same. We know that this is a tremendous opportunity for every young man as we said last night. This is a dream come true for all of them, whether they're a first-round pick or the 70th so-called tryout guy. We as coaches are determined to give each and every player the opportunity to fulfill his dream over the next three days. While he's here we're going to coach the heck out of him and we trust that the players that have been brought in, there's always a glimmer of hope for each and every one of them.
WHAT TYPE OF WEAPON IS PAT O'DONNELL?
It's the first day I've seen him in person. Pat's obviously got a very strong leg. He's very athletic. You see his size out there. He's a big man. If you have a good punter, that's one play that can mean a lot; it changes field position. When you can directionally punt at this level and do it consistently and do it with height as well as length, that creates an advantage field-position-wise. We know that. Today was the first day. We've got a long way to go yet. We've got a competition still and I think we should leave it at that. It's still a competition.
Well, he didn't look out of place today. Jordan's a real football player, there's no doubt about it. I think in Day 1 he certainly didn't look out of place. I know he's hungry for information. He wants to know what we're going to do tomorrow yesterday and he wants to know what we're going to do three days from now today, so he's hungry to learn. He's extremely motivated. He's very smart. And he certainly didn't look out of place by any means today running around out there. It's just the first day, but he didn't seem awkward in any way, running and catching the football in space.
DOES HAVING LYNCH STIMULATE YOUR CREATIVITY?
I think it's premature to go in that direction. We try to take every guy like Jordan and put him in a place where he can succeed and make the team. His best opportunity is not at the quarterback position, although I thought he had a very sufficient workout when he came in. But we're trying to find a place for him and give him every opportunity to fulfill a goal that he has, which is to play in the National Football League. This is a starting point for him. We've got a long way to go, but it was a good start.
DO EXTRA HOMEWORK ON GUY LIKE Christian Jones AFTER DRUG TEST; DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT AFTER HE ARRIVES?
I don't think about it. Those are things as we get to know him a little bit better we'll talk to him, make sure we're doing everything we can to provide him a place where he can focus on football and do the things necessary to become the best pro he can be, and we kind of leave it at that. We don't get too caught up in that, although as we get to know them and we're made aware of these things a little bit more we try to do everything we can to find the right avenue for each and every player to succeed.
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO ESTABLISH ACCOUNTABILITY ON DAY 1?
We did today. I sent a group out there today. We had a pre-snap penalty and I sent them out of there. I sent a group out of there today where everybody didn't finish. We brought them together, I told them why. If eight guys are running their tails off to the ball and three aren't, we have a chance to fail on that play. That's not the whole group doing it and I want them to feel the ramification of not everybody doing their job. Conversely, when you jump offsides, that affects everybody. We had guys who missed a rep today and an opportunity to make this football team because somebody jumped offsides. And it didn't matter who. But it was an example of an opportunity of making sure you're accountable. You've got to be focused. You've got to do the right things. And when they go home at night and they study, they can execute their position and do it properly and it allows the 10 other guys on that play … to do the same, to have the best opportunity to succeed on that play.
IMPORTANCE FOR NEW DEFENSIVE ASSISTANTS TO RUN DRILLS AND COACH TOGETHER
It's important. This was a first impression day. It's a first impression, not only their first impression that we have of them but their first impression of us. So how we coach them, tempo we use, our energy, our ability to show them that we can coach them and help them master their craft is extremely important. And we've got that in those guys. First days, first impressions are really important. And they made an impression on us and we wanted to make an impression on them that we were going to coach them hard, that we were going to have great temp, we were going to run around. The focus today was not only to execute your assignment but the focus today was to go as fast as you can until the whistle blows after the ball was snapped. And we think we got a pretty good evaluation of that on tape as we move into tomorrow.
I don't have a lot of expectations. I just have a lot of confidence in Kyle Fuller. He's his own man. He's a very smart, confident young man. And he wants to learn. So he'll go around and he'll take the things he needs to take to get better and he'll focus on doing his job. So I think certainly we all feel fortunate for him that he's got experienced corners in the room that love football, that are passionate about the game and are motivated to help him. They know that this is not a two wide receiver league. It's a three wide receiver league. A lot of it is. And we're going to need Kyle and I have all the confidence in the world that he'll utilize that information and the insight that those other guys can give him to get better quickly.